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    Published on December 01, 2017

    Forrest General Hospital and Extra Table announce art show winners


    Hattiesburg, Miss. (December 1, 2017) Forrest General Heart and Vascular Services, in conjunction with Extra Table, announced the winners of the Home is Where the Heart is for the Holidays themed art competition, Friday, December 1. To compete, students from Forrest and Lamar County schools and youth organizations decorated Christmas cards based on the competition theme. Two finalists from each school or organization were selected for the final competition.

     The competition was judged by Samone Wilson, communication and engagement coordinator for Hattiesburg Public School District; Lici Beveridge, staff writer for the Hattiesburg American and president of the Hattiesburg Arts Council; and Abigail Lenz Allen, program coordinators for the Hattiesburg Arts Council's Smart Space and Outreach Program.

     Meagan Smith served as emcee for the awards presentation and luncheon. Smith, currently a senior at Petal High School in Petal, Mississippi, is the state HOSA Prepared Speaking Champion and Petal’s Distinguished Young Woman 2018. A passionate community advocate and volunteer, Smith also serves as a Forrest General Spirit Girl.  

     The following were winners for the elementary division: Natali Ariyoshi of Presbyterian Christian School in first place, Addie Siders of Sumrall Elementary School in second place, and Ali Dumas of Petal Upper Elementary in third place. The winners for the middle/junior high division were: Andrea Cloyd of Lumberton Middle School in first place, Cheyenne Hope Head of Lumberton Middle School in second place, and Abby Cross of Petal Middle School in third place. The winners for the high school division were Sarah Madison Richardson of Petal High School in first place, Yasmin Saleh of Petal High School in second place, and Karissa McGee of Sumrall High School in third place.

     This holiday season, Extra Table will be working to distribute tons of fresh, healthy food to more than 20 soup kitchens and food pantries throughout Mississippi in an effort to help feed the over 670,000 Mississippians who are hungry every day.

     “People cannot be heart healthy without access to nutrient-rich food. Forrest General is proud to partner with Extra Table in the fight against food insecurity and heart disease in Mississippi. Forrest General uses the latest technology and treatment options available to help those already struggling heart and vascular conditions, and we recognize the vital role Extra Table plays in distributing nutritious food to Mississippi’s most vulnerable families,” said Millie Swan, Forrest General vice president.

     Handmade cards will be provided as a gift to those who donate to Extra Table this holiday season by visiting Cards will be packaged and sent to desired recipients prior to the Christmas holiday. For more information about Home is Where the Heart is for the Holidays or Extra Table, visit .


    CAPTION: Contestants and winners of the Home Is Where The Heart Is for the Holidays art competition posing with Santa.


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